top Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres
'[Mass killers such as Lanza] don't believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer'
No, this was the work of a crazy person.
about a year and a half ago
top Twin Probes Crash Into the Moon
No matter how it ends, Earth shoot first.
Nah, in 20 years when we re-release the footage we'll just use a little cgi magic to clearly show the moon shot first and missed, hitting the cantina wall behind us.
top Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN
For those not on the know, what are you referring to as Rule 34?
Rule 34: For everything that exists, there is porn of it. Basically GP is calling for blatant mockery of Islam through hardcore pornography. Really mature stuff, that.
top Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping
Of course, what decade that was totally depends on just HOW old the person commenting is. People never seem to realize that one universal constant - while you're growing up, you watch a bunch of stuff (and listen to a bunch of music), and some of it you think is pretty awesome. Then you get old, and you complain EVERYTHING now sucks. It's been true for decades, if not centuries.
I agree wholeheartedly. I think part of this phenomenon is driven by the fact that people that fall into this behavior are performing a biased comparison. They're comparing all the crap that's current with the cream of the crop from the past. There was just as much crap movies being produced 20 years ago, but we all forgot about those movies,
because they were crap!
top Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks
Wait, you store your actual cash inside a credit account?
The issue is that many banks provide credit-backed (Visa, MC, etc)
debit cards that are tied directly to one's checking/savings account. If that number gets lifted then yes, the money is drawn directly from the account in question. Granted, only an idiot would use their debit card in a way that exposes them to fraud like this, but it's not a matter of disputing a pending bill - that money is gone, and does not come back until an investigation is completed. I doubt that Anonymous cares enough to differentiate between the types of cards with which they are performing this stunt and exclude the debit card numbers.
top How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?
This is true . . . however I feel I should expand on this, if I may. One of the support features you get from a paid subscription to RHN is bugfixes/updates shipped directly from their yum repos. If you're not subscribed, you need to figure out a different patching vector yourself. If you want to guarantee security patches are easily applied as soon as RedHat releases a fix, then a subscription may be worth the cost.
top How To Rob a Bank: One Social Engineer's Story
I thought about how stupid people can be and I can say with certainty that 50% are below average.
So can I. That's because that's how averages work, by definition.
top Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?
Since SVN is a version control system, it can be used for things other than development. For example, I use the SVN repo at my office to store config files for my networking equipment. Makes it real easy to verify historical changes and provides a roll back point if necessary. Since SVN operates over HTTP(S), I could see the draw to use it for remote document/media storage as well. It may not have all the latest whizbang features one is looking for, but it will get the job done.
top Ask Slashdot: FTP Server Honeypots?
If you can reach the source via RDP, than it must be a hacked webserver (SQL injection attack most likely). It takes effort to port-forward 3389. If in fact it's a home network, than I doubt it's a bot. Such activity would normally not go unnoticed by someone that network savvy. Or so, that's been experience.
Or, what I'd suspect is more likely, it's a workstation plugged directly into a broadband modem, thus getting a publicly addressable IP right on the NIC.
top PSN Up, And Then Down Again
To reset your PlayStation(R)Network password, please click on the link below. This link will expire in 24 hours from the time that it was sent. The link will direct you to a PlayStation(R)Network web page and allow you to enter and confirm your new password.
. . .
Sure looks like it came from PSN to me.
top PSN Up, And Then Down Again
False. I reactivated my account by following a link provided in an email from my workstation. And, at the time I asked myself "wait, how do they KNOW it's me???". Short answer: they didn't.
top Anonymous Under Civil War?
Nothing is 100% 'Hackproof'. Even your example outlined, exploits have been found that allow execution of privileged code on the host system from within the VM.
top NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time
Are . . . are you implying that DST exists to adjust for some error in our calendar system? If that were the case, wouldn't Arizona's current date have shifted as compared to other States, since they chose not to observe a completely optional practice?
You may want to read up a bit before posting further nonsense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
top Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011
I was thinking the same thing . . . any reputable magazine already has a web presence - why would I need Hulu to navigate to
http://www.some-magazine.com/ for me?
top EFF Offers an Introduction To Traitorware
'cos he's a piece of shit "anarchist" wanna-be?
Ummm, because he's not an American citizen? One can't be a traitor to a community one is not a member of. But don't let that stop you from being a douche. Carry on.
top A Klingon Christmas Carol
It would seem you two are having completely different conversations at each other.
You're saying that in order to properly diagnose & address a malfunction with a complicated piece of machinery takes skill that the average layman lacks. This is true. But the point GP is raising is that you don't need the same skill-set to understand the underlying purpose of a complicated piece of machinery when it is in working order. This is also true.
top Zeus Attackers Turned the Tables On Researchers
. . . it's about usabilty and "good enough" security . .
If I had any mod points, I'd give 'em to you for this comment alone. Security is not about actually being impervious to attack. It's about making yourself or your assets appear to be a less-than-appealing target to hopefully force any would-be "villain" to chase after lower-hanging fruit. If someone is seriously gunning for something you have they'll find a way to get it, regardless of the barriers presented.
top Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?
..the problem is that ISPs have been selling us the "bandwidth" to do this kind of activity for years. Bandwidth is in quotes because "back in the day" if you actually used the bandwidth you were paying for, they suspended your account as the likely reason for a residential user to draw any serious transfer was piracy.
Just so we're clear, what you're doing is blatantly generalizing. I've been on the Internet in some form or the other since about 1990. I've used probably dozens of ISPs and in multiple states, and I have never once had my account shut down or limited due to bandwidth usage. In fact I don't even remember ever hearing about this as a problem!
Sure if you've got comcast I understand they're doing it. I would not use comcast for this reason. But to claim that the problem is more widespread than it is (or at least WAS more widespread than it was then) is wrong.
GP is guilty of generalizing, and you're guilty of providing an entirely anecdotal counter argument - "I've never personally witnessed what you're claiming, so it must never occur". It can, and it does. Whether or not that's standard operating procedures for most ISPs of today or the past is something else entirely.
top Discovery Threatens Fan Site It Also Promotes
Can you name a single TV channel that exists in absence of viewers?
top Filmmakers Resisting Hollywood's 3-D Push
Unfortunately, Depth of Field points out one of the big *flaws* in 3D cinema. Try focusing on something blurred in the background of the shot. Can't do it, even though your eye really, really wants to. Not sure about others, but that sure gives me a bit of eye-strain.
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